How To Handwash?
A guide to effective hand washing method.
Why is handwashing so important?
Washing our hands is one of the most important steps we can take to avoid getting sick and spreading germs to others. This is because our hands come into contact with literally billions of bacteria and germs each day just from carrying out normal, day to day tasks.
Correct hand washing with soap remains the simple most effective way to minimise the spread of disease and infection by mechanically removing bacteria, germs and visible soilage from our hands.
Can I just use hand sanitiser?
Hand Sanitisers and Alcohol based hand rubs are a great measure for sterilising many germs and bacteria on our hands. They do not however remove all of these nasties completely. This is because alcohol based hand rubs do not mechanically remove pathogens like hand washing does. For example - Norovirus, the leading cause of gastroenteritis, is usually only effectively removed with the use of warm water and soap. As such, hand sanitisers and rubs are best used to compliment a regular, and thorough, hand washing routine.
What is the best method for washing my hands?
To the right is a hand washing guide supplied by the World Health Organisation and is considered to be best practice method of hand washing.
For more information on hand washing and its importance you can visit the World Health Organisation's website.